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Federal shutdown could put state employees out of work

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Governor Nathan Deal says the showdown in Washington could put state employees out of work.

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA) said the showdown federal government shutdown could put state employees out of work.

He told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie that some state agencies depend on federal grant money, and it's drying up as part of the shutdown.

"It is very likely that if it continues there will be deferrals and some temporary layoffs of these employees pending the resolution of this issue in Washington," Gov. Deal said. "I do not know for sure which ones, There are some that will be more severely impacted than others."

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He pointed to the Office of Workforce Development as one that could be impacted.

He said the state is making plans to manage any layoffs, and he doesn't expect Georgia to face a work crisis.

The Governor said the debt ceiling debate in DC could have a greater impact on Georgia.

If Congress doesn't agree to raise the debt ceiling, he said the feds could cut Medicaid payments to the state.

He said 64.5 cents of every Medicaid dollar in Georgia comes from the federal government. The money is used to pay hospitals, doctors and other healthcare providers for services under Medicaid.

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